Open Ocean Caribbean Wave

Up, up, and away... talk about a puddle jumper. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Up, up, and away... talk about a puddle jumper. Photo: Stafford/SPL

A little background on the trip from Seth Stafford’s email:

With snow falling hard in the northeast, I headed south to Peter Mendia’s area where Guanabana Bar and Restaurant in Jupiter Beach, Florida set us up for an amazing journey—they had a plane waiting to take us into the Caribbean! We landed on a runway that touched both ends of the island and I rode shotgun in an airplane for the first time. We were greeted by a boat and headed out to the lineup where half of our crew went diving and the other half went surfing. The swell was large and wild at this random outer reef and due to the short period, it was doubling up upon itself over sharp, living coral reef. Our boat driver was fearless, putting us uncomfortably close as spectators. Later that night, we feasted on lobster, fish, and conch ceviche.
Fun trip and good times!
Later,
Seth

Shea Lopez susses out the situation on the reef with a pair of high powered binoculars. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea Lopez susses out the situation on the reef with a pair of high powered binoculars. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton leads the charge into the untamed outer reef... Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton leads the charge into the untamed outer reef... Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton breaks the seal... Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton breaks the seal... Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea Lopez gives it a go. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea Lopez gives it a go. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea puts his surgically repaired knees to the test. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea puts his surgically repaired knees to the test. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Jensen Callaway leans into a wave the resembles the inside bowl at Sunset Beach. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Jensen Callaway leans into a wave the resembles the inside bowl at Sunset Beach. Photo: Stafford/SPL

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"Capt. Stafford at your service here today folks..." Photo: Stafford/SPL

"Capt. Stafford at your service here today folks..." Photo: Stafford/SPL

Peter Mendia coming in hot to the inside bowl. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Peter Mendia coming in hot to the inside bowl. Photo: Stafford/SPL

A few miles offshore of a tiny island, you want find this spot on any maps... Baron Knowlton. Photo: Stafford/SPL

A few miles offshore of a tiny island, you want find this spot on any maps... Baron Knowlton. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Jensen Callaway scopes Baron Knowlton in the tube. Think he made it? Photo: Stafford/SPL

Jensen Callaway scopes Baron Knowlton in the tube. Think he made it? Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton got a lot of photos from this session... he must have been one of the dudes that wasn't diving for conch and lobster. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Baron Knowlton got a lot of photos from this session... he must have been one of the dudes that wasn't diving for conch and lobster. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Nothing beats a cold beer after a long day of shredding, ask Peter Mendia and crew. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Nothing beats a cold beer after a long day of shredding, ask Peter Mendia and crew... Photo: Stafford/SPL

...although a big plate of lobster and conch ceviche is a close second. Photo: Stafford/SPL

...although a big plate of lobster and conch ceviche is a close second. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea Lo catches up on his Facebook while Capt. Stafford sits shotgun on the way home to Florida. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Shea Lo catches up on his Facebook while Capt. Stafford sits shotgun on the way home to Florida. Photo: Stafford/SPL